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Bridge Day

Friday, May 18, 2007

That's what they call these days that are between a holiday (yesterday's Ascension Day) and a weekend. Lots of people take a vacation day to make a long weekend of it. Probably for that reason, the fitness studio was really empty today and that was kind of nice. I had my choice of elliptical trainers and treadmills, and, when I moved on to circle training, I was the only one using the machines! I had also loaded my MP3 player with some new worship music - very motivating. It's not often that I have a whole afternoon to work out, so I really enjoyed the time today, and burned over 500 calories to boot. (Thanks, Lord!)


View from the Plateau

Monday, May 14, 2007

I got on and off the scale about 5 times! Put on my glasses and checked again! Checked to see if the scale was adjusted right! But the needle still didn't move from the 69 kilo mark! I had always heard about the plateau, but this one really surprised me because I did so well keeping to plan all week last week. The only thing I didn't do right was get enough sleep on a couple of nights. Can that really make such a big difference?

So, I've read the various articles on SP about what to do when you hit a plateau and I'm going to surprise my bod with some extra cardio this week and see if that helps. I'm not too discouraged because my clothes are fitting better, I did release another inch from my waist...still riding high on the 3-lb weight loss from last week, too.

And, I finally started prayer journaling again yesterday. First time since February.



Friday, May 11, 2007

This week has gone well. I've been consistent in meeting my goals, and flying high on the fact that I actually lost 3 pounds last week. Still, there was a good post on SP that talked about focusing, not on the losses, but on the GAINS. I've gained a better body image, more flexibility, muscle tone and strength, But I'm not just my body image improve, but my skin feels and looks better, and I have more energy. I'll also be gaining BACK some wardrobe items (like that nice navy suit) that are still a bit too tight.

Even better than all those gains is the JOY in feeling closer to the Lord because I'm leaning more on him to help me make all those little decisions that come up each day: resisting temptations, negative thoughts and choosing the healthy way. What a good friend he is!


Plugging along

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Someone at church commented about my looking slimmer. That was a great feeling!

It's a little tedious entering all my foods individually using the metric measurements, but it only needs doing once. My favorites list in the nutrition tracker is getting longer by the day. Tomorrow's weigh in and measurement day. Ich bin gespannt! (I'm curious to see the numbers!)


Out to lunch

Friday, May 04, 2007

...yesterday and did pretty well! Went with one of my English groups to Block House, an American style steakhouse where you can ask for the menu in English (good practice for the students). I learned that the restaurant lists the nutrition info for their menu on their website - cool. I don't think many places in Germany do this. It still took some work to figure out my calorie count because I ate the whole piece of grilled turkey and the cole slaw, but just half of the potato and skipped the piece of garlic bread altogether: total was around 500 cal.

I think what helped was that I knew this restaurant and had pretty much decided what and how much I was going to eat beforehand. No earth-shattering news there, but good to remember.


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